Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Relaxation, well-being and weight loss?

Relaxing regularly may be a key to maintaining weight loss.

From the research results of a team at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

I read an article published yesterday on www.news-medical.net stating results suggest that women are more likely to keep weight off if they practice relaxation techniques. The research was done by a team at the University which says on its website that it is the top research Uni' in NZ.

In a two year follow-up of a ground-breaking research project, they suggest that non-dieting interventions to improve overweight and obese women's health and well-being have a longer-lasting effect if they include relaxation training.

The researchers conducted a study involving 225 Dunedin women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 - the women were placed on one of three 10 week intervention programmes which all aimed to help women shift their focus away from calorie counting and body weight, towards sustainable lifestyle changes that enhanced their well-being, regardless of weight loss.

The most striking result was in the non-dieting intervention that included intensive training in relaxation techniques and at the two-year follow up, these women were the only ones to maintain the psychological and medical symptom improvements they showed at the end of the first year.

Good news! This is something more to encourage you to relax.
Read my next post on the relaxing zone.

Have fun!

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